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State-Appointed School Receiver In Holyoke Plans To Resign


        The state-appointed superintendent of the public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts plans to leave at the end of this school year.  

          Stephen Zrike, who was put in charge when the Holyoke schools were placed in state receivership five years ago, announced his plans in a letter to the school community. 

       He said he wants to spend more time with his family who live in the Boston area.

       In an interview with WAMC last summer, Zrike said the Holyoke schools have made progress, but still face challenges. 

      He listed improvements in graduation and dropout rates as well as increased daily school attendance as among the successes.

       "We'd like to see increases in academic achievements that are sustained over a longer period of time," said Zrike. "We know we have to do a better job of retaining our most talented and qualifed staff on an annual basis."

              The state’s education commissioner will appoint a new superintendent for the Holyoke schools.


Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.